What is Aromatherapy?
“Aromatherapy may promote relaxation and help relieve stress.” It has also been used to support overall health and wellness and to maintain healthy blood pressure levels already within the normal range.
Aromatherapy uses oils extracted from flowers, seeds, leaves, roots, fruit and twigs for special effect. These essential oils are formulated to work in harmony with the body and have an ability to affect a person’s well-being.
Coming directly from the seeds, petals, stems, roots and other parts of plants or trees, essential oils possess a complex makeup that is difficult to reproduce outside of nature. In fact, some oils contain substances that don’t occur anywhere else naturally.
Health Benefits of Aromatherapy
Take a whiff of the air around you. What do you smell? Are you immediately put in a good mood with the smell of fresh cut flowers? Suddenly craving pie with the smell of baked apples and cinnamon wafting through the halls? Or feel like gagging after being blasted with exhaust from the bus?
It’s easy to see how our sense of smell impacts our feelings. The sense of smell is incredibly powerful. Your body can distinguish about 10,000 different scents. But, aromatherapy isn’t just about appealing smells; it also offers many health benefits including the following:
- Relaxation and stress relief
- Mood enhancement, balance and well being
- Supporting immune, respiratory and circulatory health
Aromatherapy can be a great, natural, complementary health treatment in a variety of situations.